PhD Scholarship in Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in environmental sciences at Lund University. The funds for this position are available for four years. Applications are welcome before January 31, 2019.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The recent (2018) drought reduced the Swedish cereal harvest, reduced available grazing resources and lowered the harvest of animal feed, crucial for maintaining national food production and to sustain animal stocks over the winter. The 2018 cereal harvest was the worst since the late 1950's. Effects on forest and forestry are still partly unknown but reduced carbon uptake have been observed and drought induced bark beetle outbreaks in southern Sweden have been reported. The rate of recovery and implications for forest production and economy remain to be analyzed. This project will further investigate the consequences of the drought on terrestrial vegetation and ecosystem services in Sweden.


The PhD candidate will be a part of a research-project called "Drought impact on Swedish terrestrial ecosystems – detecting and mapping vegetation change" investigating effects of the 2018 drought in Sweden.

Develop and test change-detection methodologies for terrestrial vegetation based on time series information from new EO satellites at high spatial and temporal resolution.

Quantify and understand spatially explicit drought related changes in agricultural ecosystems. a. Identify drivers and map areas with high risk of disturbances. b. Quantify effects on production and the carbon cycle.

Quantify and understand spatially explicit drought related changes in forest ecosystems. a. Identify drivers and map areas with high risk of disturbances (insects).

b. Quantify effects on forest growth and the carbon cycle.

c. Investigate lag effects on the following vegetation seasons.

Develop management recommendations to mitigate direct and adverse secondary effects (insect outbreaks) of drought on crucial Swedish ecosystem services within forestry and agriculture. Eligibility

Students with basic eligibility for third-cycle studies are those who- have completed a second-cycle degree- have completed courses of at least 240 credits, of which at least 60 credits are from second-cycle courses, or- have acquired largely equivalent knowledge in some other way, in Sweden or abroad.

The employment of doctoral students is regulated in the Swedish Code of Statues 1998: 80. Only those who are or have been admitted to PhD-studies may be appointed to doctoral studentships. When an appointment to a doctoral studentship is made, the ability of the student to benefit from PhD-studies shall primarily be taken into account. In addition to devoting themselves to their studies, those appointed to doctoral studentships may be required to work with educational tasks, research and administration, in accordance with specific regulations in the ordinance.

Type of employment

Limit of tenure, four years according to HF 5 kap 7.


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